Data Protection Authorities and Information Technology

Computer Law and Security Review, Forthcoming

21 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2017

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Charles D. Raab

University of Edinburgh

Ivan Szekely

Eotvos Karoly Policy Institute; OSA Archivum

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Date Written: June 29, 2017


The ability of data protection authorities (DPAs) to gain and deploy sufficient knowledge of new technological developments in their regulation of personal-information practices is an important consideration now and for the future. However, DPAs’ capacity to keep abreast of these developments has been questionable, and improvements in this are a matter of concern, especially given DPAs’ task requirements under the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This article reports the findings of a recent survey of EU DPAs that explore the problems they have in comprehending new technologies and how they are dealing with them.

Keywords: Data Protection Authorities, Supervisory Authorities, Privacy, Information Technology, General Data Protection Regulation, Survey, Technological Competence 1. Introduction

JEL Classification: K20

Suggested Citation

Raab, Charles D. and Szekely, Ivan and Szekely, Ivan, Data Protection Authorities and Information Technology (June 29, 2017). Computer Law and Security Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Charles D. Raab (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Edinburgh, EH8 9LL
United Kingdom

Ivan Szekely

OSA Archivum ( email )

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Eotvos Karoly Policy Institute ( email )

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Budapest, H-1088

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